Gerrans outsprints Cancellara to win the Milan-San Remo with Cavendish absent
20:00 GMT, 17 March 2012
Australian national champion Simon Gerrans won the Milan-San Remo, outsprinting Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.
Mark Cavendish, Britain's world champion, did not figure in the 298-kilometre Classic after struggling to stay with the pace on the climb to La Manie with 90km still to go.
The Poggio, the final climb before the descent to the finish, proved decisive as Gerrans, Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali breaking away from the bunch.
First to the line: Australian Simon Gerrans outsprints Fabian Cancellara to win the 2012 Milan Sanremo cycle race
RadioShack rider Cancellara did most of the work in the final kilometres with Gerrans of GreenEdge taking his wheel and a tiring Nibali doing his best to hang on.
Gerrans surged for the line with the bunch closing, Cancellara taking second and Nibali third.
Sky's Stannard finishes behind leaders in Tirreno-Adriatico time trial
18:13 GMT, 13 March 2012
In the hunt: Ian Stannard of Sky finished 7th
Team Sky's Ian Stannard finished seventh in today's final time-trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali stole the overall win.
Stannard completed the 9.3 kilometre course in Benedetto del Tronto in 10 minutes and 54 seconds – 18secs off pacesetter Fabian Cancellara's time.
Nibali was slower than the Team Sky man, finishing two places further back, but that was enough for the Liquigas-Cannondale rider to leap ahead of Chris Horner and claim the title by 14secs.
Thomas Lofkvist was the best-placed Team Sky rider in 14th place overall while the 24-year-old Stannard's performance today provided a boost ahead of Saturday's Milan-San Remo.